Research Team

Our Body, Our Health Research Team

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Our Body, Our Health Research Team

Beatrice "Bean" Robinson, PhD, LP, LMFT

Bean Robinson, PhD, LMFT, LP

Beatrice "Bean" Robinson, PhD, LP, LMFT

Bean "Bean" Robinson, Ph.D., is professor, MN Licensed Psychologist (LP), MN Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and State-approved LMFT Supervisor at the Institute for Sexual and Gender Health (ISGH). Dr. Robinson received her PhD from the University of Minnesota and received NIMH funding to complete a postdoctoral training in Asian-American mental health and research methods at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. Her current area of emphasis is exploring the sexual health of Somali women living in Minnesota who have experienced female genital cutting/circumcision/female genital mutilation. Other foci of her professional activities have been examining and promoting HIV prevention in sexual and ethnic minority communities (African-born HIV- positive men, African American women and men, HIV-positive African American men who have sex with men, men who have sex with men, Hmong women and men, bisexual women, and transgender individuals) and examining risk factors leading to sexual offending. She is a researcher-clinician who investigates and develops new methods, techniques, and programs to promote sexual and psychological health; she has been a practicing psychotherapist/clinician her entire career. Dr. Robinson has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and books, has been the principal or co-investigator on numerous research grants, and is on the editorial boards of several scientific journals. She is an active teacher and has provided clinical training for psychologists, marriage and family therapists, medical students and residents. She has also developed HIV/STD prevention curricula and has given numerous presentations at professional meetings nationally and internationally. She is the past-president of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality and Executive Director for the World Professional Association of Transgender Health. Pronouns: she/her/hers.

Jennifer Connor, PhD, LMFT

Jennifer Connor, PhD, LMFT

Jennifer Connor, PhD, LMFT

Jennifer Connor, PhD, LMFT, is a licensed marriage and family therapist and an associate professor at the Institute for Sexual and Gender Health (ISGH). Her research interests include women's sexual and reproductive health, such as vulvodynia and infertility. She has conducted research in sexual health in the Minnesota Somali community, including the impact of female genital cutting. Her clinical interests include vulvodynia, infertility, couples therapy, sexual dysfunction, and gender creative and transgender children and adolescents. Connor received her PhD from the University of Minnesota. Pronouns: she/her/hers

Amy Ash

Amy Ash, research program coordinator

Amy Ash, Research Program Coordinator

Yiting Li, PhD

Yiting Li

Yiting Li, PhD, Data Research Manager/Analyst

Yiting LI, Ph.D., received her doctorate degree from the Department of Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota. Li’s research centers on the intersection between financial management and intimate relationship, especially how couples communicate and manage their financial matters through the Family Financial Socialization lens. Li has worked actively to combine research, teaching, and communication in the fields of personal and family finances, family studies, psychology, and behavioral science through a lens of cultural diversity.

Currently, Li is working as the Data Researcher/Analyst at the Institute for Sexual and Gender Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School, collaborating and conducting research in sexual health in the Minnesota Somali community regarding the impact of female genital cutting as well as financial power dynamics in their intimate relationships.